We’re caught up now! The remaining bits of Legolas and Gimil’s story concern their journey up Anduin to Minas Tirith, piloting the commandeered corsair ships. Aragorn had freed the slaves and captives of the corsairs, but many of them, being men of Gondor, stayed aboard, willfully helping their new king.
Gimli’s spirits wane on the trip, but Legolas tries to cheer him up. The hearts of all the men present get a rise when the wind picks up to carry their sails. And they can see the fires burning at Minas Tirith in the distance.
Okay, okay. I’m actually getting a little tired of all the “Aragorn will be such a great king” moments. In some ways, I think we covered that long ago. Sure, I guess there’s some validity to seeing him in action, but that’s really the only purpose of this story, save to explain how he, Legolas, and Gimli made their way up to Minas Tirith. However, because we already know that they made it (even as first-time readers), there isn’t much tension to build. Aragorn spends a lot of time worrying that they won’t make it in time to save the city, but since the city has already been saved, I don’t really care anymore.
I’m being harsh. But only because I’ve been doing this for so long. And probably also because I get impatient. Reading this all in one go, maybe it isn’t so noticeable.
You know, I’m totally going to go back and read this book again when I’m done, but AT A NORMAL PACE. How weird is that?
Back to the story, we learn that that “wind from the sea” that people were going on about actually did have a positive real affect on the battle. The ships would have arrived much later if not for it!
Days Until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 28
No one dies today.
“‘Much I wonder what counsels they are taking…'”